UN chief backs two-state solution in talks with President Abbas

File photo of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, meets with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at United Nations headquarters last year. (AP)

The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and stressed again that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the only path to peace.

Guterres’ strong backing for an independent Palestinian state came ahead of the release of a long-awaited US plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace and Israeli elections in April.